Bryson Bowman headlines on the first team, four on second team
Senior LHP from Wilmington selected by the Minnesota Twins
WCU posted a regular season runner-up finish
Seven playing in the Northwoods League; two to the Cape Cod League
Loss marks final game for 11 Catamount seniors
Western Carolina wins seventh straight season opener and tenth in to begin 2015 season at Childress Field/Hennon Stadium.
Drafted in the eighth round of the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft with the 226th overall pick by the Minnesota Twins. LINK
Career Notes: Finished his WCU career tied for fourth with 27 career wins on the mound, matching Jason Beverlin (27, 1992-94), who was a 2008 inductee into the WCU Athletics Hall of Fame ... Sammons' .675 winning percentage (27-13) rank him 11th in program history ... He finished tied for 19th in appearances (71), second in games started (57, tied for 7th in SoCon history), second in career strikeouts with 325 -- a mark which also ranked him seventh in SoCon history -- and was fifth in WCU history in career innings pitched (339.2).
2017 (Senior): Made 15 appearances on the year with 14 starts, posting an 8-3 overall record with one save in his lone relief appearance ... Finished with a 3.02 collective ERA, fifth in the SoCon, over 104.1 innings pitched -- the third-most among SoCon pitchers ... Tossed over 100 pitches in each of his 14 starts, pitching at least five innings in each start ... Recorded a team-leading and career-high 108 strikeouts on the year -- tied for third in the SoCon -- a mark that included a career-high 14 K's against The Citadel (March 31), garnering National Player of the Week plaudits from Collegiate BaseballNamed Southern Conference Student-Athlete of the Week on March 1 ... Picked up his second career save by working an inning and a third out of the bullpen to down nationally-ranked North Carolina State (March 6) ... Later that week, scored a road win over eventual Big Ten Champion, Nebraska (March 10), tossing seven innings of two-run work with eight strikeouts in earning Southern Conference Pitcher of the Week accolades ... Struck out a dozen over eight innings in a home win over VMI (April 21) ... Tossed his second career complete game against top-seeded Mercer (May 18), limiting the Bears to two runs while scattering four hits with eight strikeouts ... Was a second team All-Southern Conference selection as a starting pitcher by both the league's head coaches and voting media.
2016 (Junior): Made 18 appearances on the year, each coming in the starting role ... His 18 starts led the Southern Conference and were tied for first in WCU's single-season record books ... Recorded a career-high 100.1 innings pitched, the third-most in the conference in 2016 ... Posted a career-best eight victories with a 8-3 overall mark with a 5.74 ERA ... Recorded a team-high tying 89 strikeouts, finishing tied for sixth in the SoCon and tied for 14th in WCU's single-season record book ... Tossed five-or-more innings in 15 of his 18 appearances, lasting seven-or-more innings in the starting role five times ... Struck out a season-high nine -- one shy of his career-best -- in six innings in a starting role at Wofford (April 2) ... Garnered Southern Conference Pitcher of the Week accolades on April 25 after tossing the first complete-game shutout against The Citadel (April 23) ... Held the Bulldogs to just three base hits -- a double and two singles -- in tossing a career-long nine innings ... Worked around four walks with eight strikeouts while limiting the Bulldogs to a combined nine base runners, only one of which reached third base ... Named the SoCon Student-Athlete of the Week, presented by General Shale (March 23) ... Made two starts in the SoCon Tournament, bouncing back from a two-inning, six-run effort against Wofford (May 25) to strike out seven in seven innings against Mercer (May 29) in a winning effort to force the deciding second championship game ... Selected second team All-State by the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) ... Named Spring Academic All-Southern Conference and to the 2015-16 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll.; Summer League: Pitched for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in the prestigious Cape Cod League ... Finished the summer with a 1.53 ERA in the prestigious Cape Cod League, tossing 29.1 total innings in 10 appearances with four starts. The Wilmington, N.C., southpaw struck out 23 batters against eight walks. Sammons only allowed one earned run among the four allowed during Y-D's post-season run, surrendering five hits in 10.0 innings of work.
2015 (Sophomore): Made 16 appearances on the season including 14 starts and two relief outings ... Led the WCU pitching staff with 75.0 innings pitched on the year -- all but an 1.2 coming in a starting role ... Was second on the team with 71 strikeouts while issuing a team-high 56 walks ... Struck out five-or-more a combined seven times ... Fanned five in six innings in a combined shutout victory over regular season and tournament champion, Mercer (April 11) ... Tossed a season-long 7.0 innings in a no-decision at East Tennessee State (April 25) ... Struck out a career-high 10 in the SoCon Tournament game against Samford (May 20), limiting the Bulldogs to just one hit through five innings ... Was tabbed preseason All-SoCon second team by CollegeSportsMadness.com ... Named to the 2014-15 SoCon Academic Honor Roll; Summer League: Pitched for the SLO Blues of the California Collegiate League ... Appeared in 11 games with four starts, posting a 3-1 record ... Tossed 27 innings, finishing with a 2.00 ERA ... Allowed just 11 runs, six of which were earned ... Struck out 32 against just nine walks ... Of the 25 hits allowed, only five went for extra bases.
2014 (Freshman): Made 21 appearances on the mound including 10 starts ... Finished with a 7-2 overall record with all seven wins coming at home ... Ranked fourth on the team with 60.0 innings pitched ... Allowed 34 runs, 30 of which were earned for a 4.50 ERA ... Added two saves including his first in his first career appearance, securing the final two outs in a season-opening upset of No. 2 Mississippi State (Feb. 14) ... Struck out three in three innings of one-hit, shutout relief in his first career victory - an 8-0 win over Winthrop (Feb. 18) ... Recorded 57 strikeouts including a career-high seven times in three different outings - home win over UNC Asheville (April 1), a no-decision against Furman (April 12) and a victory in the season-finale against Davidson (May 16) ... Made his first collegiate start with a solid five-inning performance in WCU's convincing 18-10 victory over No. 15 Clemson (March 4) ... Tossed a career-high 7.2 innings in a home nonconference victory over UNC Asheville (April 1) ... Named to the Southern Conference All-Freshman team ... Tabbed to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America team ... Named to the 2013-14 Southern Conference Honor Roll.
Prior to Western Carolina: Was a three-year letter winner for two-time Mideastern Conference champion Hoggard High, claiming player of the year honors in 2013 ... Twice earned all-area honors with an honorable mention coming as a sophomore ... Posted a 16-1 record over his final two seasons as a prep including a 10-0 record with seven complete games as a senior ... Boasted a 1.00 ERA, five shutout wins and 98 strikeouts in 63 innings in his final year as a prep, earning Wilmington StarNews All-Area Player of the Year accolades ... Also playing first base, batted .306 with a home run and 15 RBI, recording a .852 OPS ... Was a North Carolina Gatorade State player of the Year candidate ... During the summer of 2013, helped guide Wilmington Post 10 to the American Legion World Series, earning MVP honors in the Southeast Regional after tossing a complete game shutout in the championship game ... Off the field, volunteers with Special Olympics and was a member of the National Honor Society and Beta Club.
Personal: Full name is Bryan Todd Sammons ... Is the son of Todd and Pam Sammons ... Has two older siblings, Wesley and Jill.
Career Game Highs:
Innings Pitched: 7.2, UNC ASHEVILLE (4/1/14)
Strikeouts: 14, THE CITADEL (3/31/17)
Walks: 8, vs. Samford (5/20/15)